December 1, 1995

Another Corporate Scandal

Michael Monus, former chief of Phar-Mor drug store chain, was found guilty of embezzling $1 billion and sentenced to pay $1 million and 20 years in prison; substantial layoffs and store closings ensued.

December 2, 1997

Asian Finances Looking Up

Fed chairman Alan Greenspan gives a report that after many years of suffering the financial future of Asia was looking up and growing stronger.

December 3, 1929

Hoover Blowing Smoke

Pres. Herbert Hoover goes before congress and tells them that the nation is recovering nicely from the stock market crash and doesn't see it as a problem.

December 4, 1952

Cio Gets A New Chair

On this day William Reuther, former head of the United Auto Workers is named head of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

December 5, 1955

Labor Organizations Merge

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations merged on this day in 1955.

December 6, 1994

Orange County In The Red

Wealthy Orange County, California racks up debts of around $2 billion before it decides to declare bankruptcy.

December 7, 1941

Pearl Harbor Hits

Upon receiving news of the attacks on Pearl Harbor the DOW falls 4.08 points as traders panic.

December 8, 1886

AFL Bursts Onto The Scene

Samuel Gompers and Adolph Strasser lead a bunch of Ohio unions to form the American Federation of Labor (AFL).

December 9, 1865

NYSE Opens New Digs

The New York Stock exchange completes its move to its new location at 10-12 Broad Street, in New York City.

December 10, 1845

U.S. Adds Some Land

Pres. James Polk gives the okay to buy New Mexico and California from Mexico, but the Mexicans refuse, eventually starting a war.

December 11, 1930

Bye Bye Bank Of U.S.

Bank of the United States' New York branch flops and becomes the nation's worst banking disaster to date.

December 12, 1900

Carnegie And Morgan Get Together

Charles Schwab brokers a deal bringing companies of J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie together to form U.S. Steel.

December 13, 1978

Suffragist Gets Picture On A Coin

On this day in 1978 it was decided to mint a coin with famous suffragist Susan B. Anthony's picture displayed on the it.

December 14, 1995

Boeing Back To Work

After over two months of striking Boeing workers agree to a new contract and get back to work.

December 15, 1995

Trading At Warp Speed

652.8 million shares were traded on the NYSE on this day in 1995, 44.6 more shares than the previous record.

December 16, 1993

It's The Thought That Counts

In anticipation of the North American Free Trade Agreement's (NAFTA) passage the NYSE closed at 3710.77 setting a record for the day.

December 17, 1878

A Golden Age Finished?

Because of a decrease in demand, the U.S. Gold Exchange closes its doors, only to reopen again in 1879.

December 18, 1987

Boesky Goes To The

Powerful arbitrageur Ivan Boesky is indicted on charges of insider trading and sentenced to three years in prison.

December 19, 1979

Merry Christmas Chrysler

After $200 million second quarter losses Chrysler gets an early Christmas present when the Senate okays a $1.5 million loan.

December 20, 1803

U.S. Fleeces The French

On this day in 1803 the U.S. and French governments worked out the kinks on the Louisiana Purchase which effectively doubled the size of the U.S., all for the small price of $15 million.

December 21, 1908

Carnegie Weighs In

On this day in 1908 Andrew Carnegie appears before Congress to speak against tariffs that they are proposing, to say that America can remain competitive without them.

December 22, 1807

Jefferson Cuts Europe Off

In an effort to stay neutral in squabbles between England and France a trade embargo proposed by Pres. Jefferson which would cut off all trade with Europe is passed.

December 23, 1913

Wilson Gets His Wish

Congress passes the Federal Reserve Act which eventually leads to the creation of the Federal Reserve Banking System.

December 24, 1905

Hughes Is Born

This day in Texas, manufacturer, aviator, movie production company owner, and all-around millionaire Howard Hughes is born.

December 25, 1992

The Economy Has A Very Merry Christmas

After a series of economic struggles the Christmas shopping season brings a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel seeing sales up 8% from the previous year.

December 26, 1833

Stirring On The Senate Floor

Henry Clay pleads his case against Pres. Jackson's proposal to remove United States' money from the Bank of the U.S. and into state institutions.

December 27, 1983

Steel Takes A Hit

U.S. Steel takes a $1.2 million tax write-off along with a 20 percent cut in production, leading to the layoff of 4,600 employees.

December 28, 1990

Economy In The Tank

With a 1.2 on the Index of Leading Indicators top officials have a bleak outlook for the next years' economy.

December 29, 1845

Texas Joins The Party

After becoming a state Texas is finally recognized by the U.S. Customs Department and begins making the country some money.

December 30, 1936

Way Paved For UAW

Passage of the National Labor Relations Act made it possible for the United Automobile Workers to form and immediately they began reforming the auto industry.

December 31, 1955

We're In The Money

GM becomes the first U.S. corporation to make over $1 billion in a single year of operation.